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Can an incoming tide be stopped? Some powerful people are trying

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Some claim that freelancing, self-employment, whatever you want to call it, is surging in developed economies. For example: More...


Are owner-drivers at risk again? And what about Uber employees?

Friday, February 03, 2017

Owner-drivers
You’ll recall the mess last year in the attempts to destroy the businesses of owner-drivers in Australia.

However, the Victorian government is now reviewing its owner-driver laws, laws that we say are pretty good as they stand. We don’t think the review is looking to set up price-fixing as happened under the disbanded federal law. But Federal Labor voted to keep the disbanded laws. Who knows what the Victorian Labor government’s agenda might be? We urge owner-drivers to keep a close eye on this. More...


Independent contractor status crashing in USA. Or is it?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

There’s no question that the status of independent contractors is under massive attack in the USA from regulators, courts and activist lawyers. We’ve been following this for some time.

The giant transport company FedEx has for years been fighting to defend the independent contractor status of its drivers. But, in California, FedEx has now agreed to pay $228 million in compensation. This follows a 2014 Californian court ruling that FedEx ‘misclassified’ its drivers as independent contractors.  More...


International tax attacks on the self-employed

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In recent times we've heard of a number of cases where local tax authorities have made it difficult to engage independent contractors. This sort of story is not confined to Australia. In fact, it is common and global. I had several days of discussion with the Professional Contractors Group in London last week. Their tax problems under IR35 continue unabated. More...


Politicians love entrepreneurs

Sunday, November 24, 2013

As much as they say they love entrepreneurs, politicians’ policies all too frequently damage entrepreneurship.

Here’s the latest update on the USA ‘misclassification’ laws.  More...



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